Sport Conventions

Conclusions of the Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention (T-DO)

Extraordinary meeting of the Monitoring Group
Strasbourg, 5 November 1998

The Meeting was called:

to discuss the events of the summer and autumn and their implications for the work of the Monitoring Group;

to prepare the Monitoring Group’s contribution to the World Conference on Doping convened by the International Olympic Committee in February 1999.

The fight against doping in sport has entered a new phase, and faces serious new challenges. All Parties and partners in sport need to find new ways of working - in their own sphere and together - and to establish more effective programmes to counter this scourge.

Part I

The Parties to the Convention agreed a number of priority issues for action by the Monitoring Group or at national level:

1. With regard to law:

to undertake a review of national laws affecting anti-doping work (anti-doping laws, laws on medical or banned substances, etc) with a view to examining the scope for possible improvements and for greater consistency in the framework of the Anti-doping Convention;

to help provide information for national sports bodies on how the rule of law – including the Anti-doping Convention – affects sport.

2. With regard to medical care of sportsmen and sportswomen:

to improve the medical care and health protection of sportspeople, and to provide better information and education for those working - medically and otherwise - in their entourage, for example, through codes of professional conduct. National Medical Associations should be invited to draw up clear rules (with sanctions) on this matter. In this context, the Monitoring Group welcomes the co-operation of the IOC in the production of a CD-Rom and Internet versions of the Clean Sports Guide.

3. With regard to the availability of banned substances:

to seek, through the appropriate channels at national level, closer co-operation with police, customs and other relevant authorities with a view to reducing the supply of doping agents to sport and their use/demand within it. Research into the sociological aspects of the doping phenomenon could also help such reduction.

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The Monitoring Group also stresses the need for national anti-doping agencies to increase the number of, and to reduce to a minimum the notice given for, out-of-competition controls. Another priority is to seek methods better to detect and to control the use of doping substances, EPO and other peptide hormones in particular. Regulations to prevent over production of these substances should also be introduced.

Part II

The Extraordinary Meeting also agreed to five proposals that would form the basis for the Monitoring Group’s delegations’ submissions to the IOC Conference with the aim of boosting the effectiveness of anti-doping work in general and of improving co-operation and harmonisation between the sports movement and that of the public authorities active in this field. Participation by the Monitoring Group in anti-doping during major international competitions could also help ensure consistency and transparency.

1. With regard to the proposed Olympic anti-doping agency

The Monitoring Group supports the creation of such an agency, which should help to integrate the strategies and the activities already carried out by international sports federations and agencies. It could play an important role in inaugurating world-wide out-of-competition testing, especially in regions and countries without effective anti-doping programmes at the moment. Its activities would also need to complement those of existing national anti-doping agencies which presently carry out approximately 85% of anti-doping work. The agency should be authoritative, independent, international, transparent and non-profit making. It should have a research component. The Monitoring Group, which consistently seeks a better harmonisation and co-ordination of anti-doping work at international and national levels, would wish to play an active part in it, and will make proposals for its work in due course.

2. With regard to medical supervision

The Monitoring Group will encourage the IOC, the IFs and NOCs to supervise more closely the entourage (medical and other) of athletes and teams.

3. With regard to eligibility and sanctions

The Monitoring Group will ask the IOC to ensure that only those international federations adopting and effectively applying the common Medical Code proposed by the IOC, (including in particular the application of recommended sanctions in case of infractions, and the protection of the rights of sportsmen and sportswomen), can participate in the programmes of the Olympic Games.

4. With regard to the list of prohibited classes of substances and prohibited methods

The Monitoring Group – which, as a contribution to harmonisation, adopts the same list of prohibited classes of substances and prohibited methods as the IOC’s list - will ask the IOC to make concrete proposals on ways in which it can be associated with the drawing up this list.

5. With regard to the anti-doping laboratories

In accordance with Article 11.1.b of the Convention, and as most accredited laboratories are financed by public funds in the country concerned, the Monitoring Group would like to be associated with the IOC in establishing quality systems and standards for anti-doping laboratories.